OUTDOOR learning has become more comfortable at Hunter Region Botanic Gardens.
A screened-in learning pavilion is a new addition to the gardens.
It will protect up to 50 children from rainy and hot days, while allowing them to learn about the gardens.
The need arose for a sheltered classroom after many school excursions to the gardens were cancelled because of adverse weather.
Funds were needed to build the shelter, so the gardens committee stayed alert for any community grant offers. When Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation opened its funding applications, the committee leapt at the chance and quickly sent a submission.
The gardens received a grant of $27,500, which covered the costs of the new pavilion.
The pavilion can also be used by the public for small functions.